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The Chief Minister-designate Biplab Deb was also present there to pay tribute to the deceased CPI-(M) minister.

The BJP is also leading in another 12 constituencies and the IPFT in one.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) was in power in Tripura since 1993 and the BJP's win sees the end of Manik Sarkar's nearly 20-year reign as chief minister, during which time he has been called "the poorest chief minister of India". In Tripura, the party collaborated with Indigenous People's Front of Tripura which has considerable support among indigenous people who constitute about 30 percent of the state's population.

In the first-ever direct electoral contest between Left and Right in Independent India, the BJP has registered a spectacular victory over the incumbent CPM government. If such a platform could be formed, getting 15-20 per cent vote share would have been easy. Since 2014 Lok Sabha results #BJP has lost Assembly segments in over 50 Lok Sabha Seats & has won only about 2 LS seats. One seat went to KHNAM, a local party, while the polls to one seat had been deferred due to the assassination of a candidate in Garo Hills. Congress won a majority and formed the government in 2008. Recounting is on for Peren seat, the EC sources said. However, when questioned, the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddararamaiah, has said that Congress' target is the so-called communal party of BJP. After that meeting, they will submit their report to the BJP parliamentary board. "The BJP and the NDPP are sitting comfortably", he said.

On the poll outcome, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said, "Tripura voters have given their mandate for a BJP-IPFT government in the state". Tripura is a small place with 25 lakh people.

The BJP has annexed the country's northeast as well.

He alleged that 11 officials of the BJP were murdered allegedly by the goons of the CPM.

He even showed gratitude to the Congress party workers for their efforts in the assembly election of Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya. Congress, which has been the main opposition party since 1993, is down to zero, from 10 seats and 44% votes in 2013.

With Saturday's victory, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will gain control over five of the seven northeastern states reshaping the political landscape of the region bordering Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

A verity of factors, not limited to anti-incumbency, led the BJP claiming victory in Tripura and could see the party form governments in Meghalaya and Nagaland, post-election the way it did in Manipur previous year.

"I have already been given a bigger responsibility, the party's state presidentship, which I have been fulfilling to the best of my ability", he said. However, that the rout of the Congress in three of these very assembly elections in 2003 did not prevent the formation of a Congress-led UPA government in 2004 testifies to the glorious uncertainties of Indian politics.

Akhtar said despite ideological and political divergences, PDP joined hands with BJP on the basis of an "Agenda of Alliance" to provide a broad-based political platform to the people in all the regions and sub-regions of the State.

BJP leader and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday downplayed the poll debacle of the party in Meghalaya. "This wave of integration can also be felt among the people of Karnataka".

"I thank all the officials and security personnel who helped to conduct the elections peacefully", Sarkar told the media at the Raj Bhavan after submitting his formal resignation letter. "We remain committed to working towards fulfilling the dreams and aspirations of the people", the Prime Minister said. Today peace and non-violence has prevailed over fear. To a query, Sarma said he or his party was not a kingmaker as he was only a humble facilitator to form a new government.

"So let us not lose perspective: there is no Modi wave here", he tweeted.

Meanwhile, the governor asked the outgoing chief minister to continue till a new government takes oath of office. This was just weeks before the election on February 27.

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